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Plagiarism detection and Canvas: what are my options?

Filed in Miscellaneous by on January 9, 2017 0 Comments
Plagiarism detection and Canvas: what are my options?

With the migration to Canvas, maintaining support for anti-plagiarism functionality was important to the LMS Task Force. Thus, WPI has integrated VeriCite software for use within our instance of Canvas. As with the previous anti-plagiarism functionality within Blackboard, VeriCite will scan text-based files (e.g. .docx, .pdf, .txt, etc.) for unoriginal content by checking the file against an internal WPI […]






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Posting Final Grades in Banner

Filed in Miscellaneous by on December 14, 2016 0 Comments
Posting Final Grades in Banner

As we approach the end of the Fall semester and B-term, we thought it would be helpful to distribute the below tutorial on how to post official course grades in Banner. Reminder: any “final” or “total” grades that are posted within Blackboard and/or Canvas are NOT automatically posted to Banner. Please be sure to follow […]






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Customize Your Course image in the Dashboard!

Filed in Miscellaneous by on November 14, 2016 0 Comments
Customize Your Course image in the Dashboard!

Have you been wanting to change the colored square above your Canvas course name?! Well step right up and we’ll show you how! Before we begin – its important to note that Canvas requires Dashboard images that are 262 pixels x 146 pixels. This is oddly specific. We found if we just grabbed any ol’ […]






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What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on September 9, 2016 0 Comments
What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

We’ve been getting the question a lot lately of “well, how do I even get on Canvas?”  Here’s a “quick start” guide to getting on our new system. TL;DR myWPI will no longer be available after June 30, 2017.  Log in to Canvas at the following URL: https://canvas.wpi.edu, your empty course shells up until D17 […]






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Not receiving emails from Canvas?

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 25, 2016 0 Comments
Not receiving emails from Canvas?

So many instructors got used to the instant copy of any emails and announcements that were sent from Blackboard that we’ve gotten a few calls and emails asking us to verify whether their posts were being received by students. The answer is yes (yay!)! By default, email notifications for announcements and conversations (Canvas email) “created by […]






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How to create Canvas buttons using PIXLR

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 18, 2016 1 Comment
How to create Canvas buttons using PIXLR

Ok! We have gotten a lot of requests on how one can create buttons for their canvas courses themselves. I LOVE that everyone wants to be self sufficient! So here it is – how to create buttons! Before We Start: First – you’ll need to create a free account with PIXLR – https://pixlr.com – and […]






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Caitlin Keller Introduction

Filed in Miscellaneous by on July 25, 2016 0 Comments

Hi everybody!  I’m Caitlin Keller and I’m joining the team as an Instructional Designer.  Most recently, I come from the Franklin Public Schools, where I served as the Digital Learning Specialist for the past school year.  Most of my focus has been on supporting teachers and staff in using technology tools, as well as designing […]






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Get Ready for Echo360’s Active Learning Platform

Filed in Multimedia by on July 1, 2016 0 Comments
Get Ready for Echo360’s Active Learning Platform

As of the Fall semester, WPI will be using a new version of the Echo360 lecture capture system. This new version is called “ALP,” which is short for Active Learning Platform. As it’s name implies, it’s a platform, so the system is capable of more than just recording and distributing those videos via your course […]






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Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on June 15, 2016 0 Comments
Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

Are you looking to add some aesthetics and usability to your Canvas course? Consider building a custom home page for your course. Your students will see this home page right away and each button will link them to modules or other areas in the course that they need to go to. This leads to less […]






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Educational Scriptwriting

Filed in Multimedia by on June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Educational Scriptwriting

This spring, after hearing more than one faculty member talk about the challenges of creating video for their online courses, I thought about the virtues of the script. A script helps you plan what you’re going to say. You can look at the script and think – does that fact really belong in this video? […]






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